|Workers' organisations||Employers' organisations|
|European Transport Workers' Federation (ETF)||European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA)|
Social dialogue in this sector covers the following activities (defined by NACE (Rev. 2) codes 50.1 and 50.2 as well as as part from code 52.2)
The EU maritime transport sector employs some 230 000 people (Eurostat, Labour Force Survey data 2014).
European shipping accounts for over 40 % of the world’s fleet. The EU has some of the world’s largest maritime clusters.90% of European exports and over 41 % of intra-EU trade are transported by boat.
The number of EU seafarers employed on EU-flagged ships has fallen rapidly in recent years, and only a minority of the world’s vessels now sail under EU-country flags.
EU regulation has opened up national markets to competition. Globalisation and the use of ‘open registers’ (in countries that are far more attractive to ship-owners than Europe in terms of tax, social legislation and safety and environmental standards), are serious challenges for the sector.
To meet these challenges, the EU has developed a global strategy to make the EU fleet more competitive.
The strategy includes ‘positive measures’ and improving on-board safety and environmental protection by enforcing international standards inside the EU, ensuring a level playing field for those carrying goods by sea between EU ports.
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